Kinder, Gentler Vise

Build these snap-on wood inserts for your metalworker’s vise. They’ll hold wood workpieces without inflicting any scratches, gouges or dents.

The Family Handyman

Build these snap-on wood inserts for your metalworker’s vise, courtesy of ingenious reader Ron Weiner. They’ll hold wood workpieces without inflicting any scratches, gouges or dents. First, cut two pieces of 1/2-in. x 2-in. plywood an inch or two longer than the metal jaws of your vise. Rout or saw shallow dadoes along the sides for a snug fit on the metal jaw inserts. Then cut two more shallow, inch-wide dadoes vertically on the opposite side to hold rubber bands cut from an old bicycle tube. Fit the bands into their dadoes, then glue or screw on a piece of 1/4-in. plywood to capture the bands and strengthen the inserts. That’s it—just snap them on and off in a second to suit the job at hand!

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